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Publication numberUS3000632 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 19, 1961
Filing dateMay 15, 1959
Priority dateMay 15, 1959
Publication numberUS 3000632 A, US 3000632A, US-A-3000632, US3000632 A, US3000632A
InventorsAnthony A Fuchs
Original AssigneeAnthony A Fuchs
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Exercising device
US 3000632 A
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Sept. 19, 1961 A. A. FUCHS 3,000,532

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Filed May 15, 1959, Ser. No. 813,471 1 Claim. (Cl. 272--58) Wash.

The present invention generally relates to an exercising device and more particularly relates to such a device that is incorporated into a chair construction and is specifically adapted for use in development and exercising muscles in the feet, legs, hands, arms for building up such muscles and obtaining benefits from such exercise.

The primary object of the present invention is to provide an exercising device which may be used for various purposes and which is extremely simple in construction, easy to use, adapted for use in various exercises and generally inexpensive to manufacture.

A further object of the present invention is to provide which an adjustable weight is employed for varying the resistance to movement of certain components such as a foot pedal for increasing the effectiveness of the exercising device.

Yet another object of the present invention is to provide an exercising device incorporated into a chair structure which may be adjusted and varied by a person in an easy manner and without requiring the assistance of anyone else.

These together with other objects and advantages which will become subsequently apparent reside in the details of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter described and claimed, reference being had to the accompanying drawings wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:

FIGURE 1 is a side elevation of the of the present invention;

FIGURE 2 is a front the invention;

FIGURE 3 is a sectional view of the exercising device illustrating another use thereof;

FIGURE 4 is a sectional view taken substantially upon a plane passing along section line 4-4 of FIGURE 1 illustrating the details of construction of the device;

FIGURE 5 is a detailed sectional view taken substantially upon a plane passing along section line 5-5 of FIGURE 1 illustrating further details of the exercising device;

FIGURE 6 is a sectional view taken substantially upon a plane passing along section line 6-6 of FIGURE 1 illustrating the sliding adjustment for the movable weight;

FIGURE 7 is a sectional view taken substantially upon a plane passing along section line 77 of FIGURE 5 illustrating the concentric tubular member and the spring associated therewith; and

FIGURE 8 is a perspective view of one of the handles that is used for exercising the hands, arms and the like.

Referring now specifically to the drawings, the numeral 10 generally designates the exercising device of the present invention which may generally be in the form of a chair having rear vertical legs 12 and forward vertical legs 14 interconnected by forward transverse members 16 and rear transverse members 18 and with the front and rear legs being interconnected by side members 20. The front legs 1-4 are provided with rubber bumpers or feet 22 while the rear legs 12 are provided with casters 24 whereby the chair may be easily rolled from position to position. The chair is provided with an elongated back 26 hingedly connected to a seat 28 by a hinge 30. The lower end of the back 26 engages one of the transverse rails 18 thus limiting the rearward pivotal movement thereof and maintaining the device in a vertical position. The hinge 30 enables the back rest 26 to be pivoted downwardly against the seat 28.

exercising device elevation of the construction of ice Immediately rearwardly ber 16 there is supported an elongated rod 32 rotatably supported in eye bolts 34 extending through slots 36 in the vertical front legs 14 with the eye bolts 34 being anchored by nuts 38. The shaft 32 is provided with alternating square sections 40 and round or cylindrical sections 42 and mounted on one outer end thereof as, by welding is a quadrant plate 44 having a plurality of notches 46 in the periphery thereof. An elongated arm 48 is pivotally attached to the center of the quadrant plate 44 by a pivot bolt 50. A pair of eye bolts 52 slidably support a rod 54 having a laterally extending end 56 extending through a slot 58 in the bar or arm 48 and engageable with one of the notches 46. The rod 52 is provided with an abutment washer 60 and a spring 62 engages the washer 60 and one of the eye bolts 52 for urging the offset end 56 into engagement with one of the notches 46. An outwardly extending handle 64 is provided on the lower end of the rod 54 for retracting the oflset end 56 from the notches 46 for permitting angula adjustment of the arm 48 about the quadrant 44 and about the rod 32.

Slidably disposed on the arm 48 is a sleeve 66 having a weight 68 rigid therewith with the sleeve 66 being secured in adjusted position by a setscrew 70 which may be of L-shaped configuration or of wing configuration.

Slidably mounted on the rod 32 is a horizontally disposed sleeve 72 having a bracket 74 rigid therewith. The bracket 74 extends into and is rigidly secured to a box-like member 76 having tubular members 78 rigid therewith which slidably receive similar tubular members 80 connected to an outer box-like member 82 having a foot pedal 84 attached thereto by a hinge 86. A strap 88 is used for retaining the shoe and foot 90 of a person 92 using the device. Each tubular member 80 is provided with a transverse anchor bolt 94 which anchors one end of a tension coil spring 96 having a wire element 98 attached to the other end and a chain 100 attached to the outer end of the wire element 9 8 for adjustable engagement with a notch 102 in the upper end of the tube 7 8 thus varying the tension of the spring 96 but still letting the tubular members telescope as the pedal 84 is pushed downwardly or outwardly in relation to the chair by exerting pressure on the foot.

Also supported on the rod 32 is a plurality of sleevelike adapters .104- each having a hook 106 thereon facing outwardly for engagement with a chain 108 which ex tends under the foot pedal 84 and engages a hook member 110 thereon. When the sleeve 104 having the books 106 thereon which are attached to the chain, resistance to pivotal movement of pedal 84 may be accomplished by orientating the arm 48 in proper relation so that considerable force will be required or a desired amount of force may be adjusted for moving the various components.

The tubular member 78 is provided with a setscrew for locking the tubular members in position and a removable prop 110 is provided for engagement with the point of connection between the foot pedal and the boxlike member 82.

For hand exercises, there is provided a single handle or a pair of handles 112 having a square opening 114 in the lower end thereof which may be slipped over one or both ends of the shaft 32 for manually rotating the shaft by using the hands.

The device may be used in any number of ways by selectively engaging the sleeve 104, 72 and the handle 112 with the shaft 32. By releasing the setscrew holding the tubular elements 78 and 80, the chains 100 may be adjusted and by stretching the springs 96, the resistance to outward movement of the foot pedals may be varied with the person using the device keeping the foot pedal of the front transverse mem' 3 properly'orientated by exerting muscle pressure thereon. By disengaging all of the sleeves from the square sections, the shaft 32 may be rotated by the handles and due to the Weight 68, the resistance to rotation may be varied. :With the footpedal supported by the prop 11a and with the sleeves 104 engaged with the square sections, pivotal movement ,of the pedal will be resisted by the Weight 68 since the sleeve 72 will be engaged with a circular area of the shaft 32. By removing the prop 110, the shaft 32 along with the Weight may be rotated by pivoting the legs at the knees when the sleeve '72 is engaged with a 'squarejsection of the device.

The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those -skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation "scribed, and accordingly, equivalents may be resorted shown and deall suitable modifications and to, falling Within the scope of the invention as claimed.

What is claimed as new is as follows:

An exercising device comprising a seat, a horizontally disposed transverse rod mounted adjacent the front edge of said seat for rotation about its longitudinal axis, a laterally extending arm'rigid with said rod, said arm in- 4 eluding a weight mounted therein, a support member extending laterallyoutwardly from said rod and being slidably and pivotally mounted on the rod whereby the support member may be disposed generally in alignment with either foot of a person disposed on the seat, prop means attached to and supporting the outer end of the support member, a foot pedal hingedly attached to the outer end of the support member for pivotal movement about an axis generally parallel to the longitudinal axis of the rod, means on the foot pedal for securing a persons ,foot thereto, and a flexible member connected to the foot pedal in spaced relation to the pivotal connection betweenthe pedal and the support member, offset means slidably and non-rotatively mounted on the rod and detachably engaged with the flexible member whereby pivotal movement of the foot pedal will cause rotational movement of the rod and swinging movement of the arm and weight in a vertical plane for exercising the foot and leg muscles.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Noland et a1. Oct. 7, 1958

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Classifications
U.S. Classification482/97, 601/32, 482/131, 482/137, 297/423.32, 601/24
International ClassificationA63B21/06, A63B21/04, A63B23/08
Cooperative ClassificationA63B21/08, A63B21/0615, A63B23/085, A63B21/06, A63B21/04, A63B21/1492, A63B2208/0233, A63B21/1469, A63B23/03508
European ClassificationA63B21/08, A63B21/14M6, A63B21/14K4H, A63B23/035A, A63B21/06F, A63B21/04, A63B23/08B